Restaurants

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern

By | September 6, 2013

CMS Photography/Chad SpencerWhere the locals come to eat….Sam Snead’s can be found in the heart of Southside Village, 1830 S Osprey Avenue, Sarasota 34236.  This locally owned and operated restaurant offers fresh entrees of Angus beef, chicken and seafood as well as a nice variety of soups, salads,homemade desserts, fresh hot bread and full bar service. The décor showcases golf memorabilia and the sports themed bar has 6 TVs for enjoying all your favorite games.  Happy Hour is daily from 4:00 pm   to 7:00 pm.

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“Benvenuto! Welcome to Chianti”

By | August 23, 2013

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Chianti…Charming atmosphere and superb Italian cuisine.

 

Pleasantly surprised…. my senses were in for a treat! Chianti brings to Sarasota innovate and delicious Italian recipes with elegant presentation. The Executive Chef, Al Massa, and Owner-Chef Edward Pizzuti, are quite ambitious in the kitchen.   Chianti’s Old World,  traditional Italian recipes originate from many generations of family cooking in Italy, classic recipes from Sicily and Tuscany.

I had an opportunity to meet and talk briefly last evening with Owner-Chef Edwardo. I asked him what brought the Pizzuti Family to Sarasota?

He replied,  “after several visits to Florida, my wife Josie and I chose Sarasota for our retirement, but soon discovered that retirement was not for us. After spending the 2012 summer in our new Sarasota home, playing some golf and visiting many local restaurants, we saw a need for our type of Italian cuisine and our unique style of operating. When the location on 3900 Clark Road became available, we decided to buy the building and build Chianti Ristorante Italiano. After extensive remodeling and upgrading Chianti opened the doors. With combined expertise and talents in a very short time we have built a strong repeat customer base. Josie and I love Sarasota and plan on being here with Chianti for many years”.

For additional information…reservations and menu review CLICK HERE

                            Buon Appetito!

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Burns Square District

By | July 26, 2013

Owen BurnsThe Burns Square District was developed in the 1920’s
by Owen Burns.

Burns Square District…Very Historic…Very Cool.  A Collage of high end retail, restaurants, fine art, cinema and much more. I could write a novel about this historical site. However, since I am on my way to sell a home, I will highlight two favorites:

 

Owens Fish CampFirst, one of my favorite eateries Owen’s Fish Camp. Located in Burns Court on Burns Lane, Downtown Sarasota. Fabulous. Southern county style in a cool, comfortable urban setting.

 

 

Burns Court CinemaSecond, Nestled in the middle of historic Burns Square you will find Burns Court Cinema (look for raspberry-colored landmark). The Sarasota Film Society is a non profit member-supported cinema dedicated to providing the highest level of entertainment…first run foreign language, independent and art films.  A great way to spend the afternoon or evening…a great way to support the Sarasota Film Society…become a member.

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Summer Menus Just in Time for Father’s Day

By | June 15, 2013

Three KitcheneersThe Three Kitcheneers share some great places for Summer Menus and to take Dad for a special treat!  Check them out…www.threekitcheneers.com/

Andrea's Peach Salad

 

One of the restaurants highlighted is Andrea’s located at 2085 Siesta Drive in Sarasota. Check out their peach & gorgonzola “brulee” over organic spinach and pecan salad…

 

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Cedar Reef Fish Camp in Venice and Now in Bradenton

By | June 7, 2013

Cedar Reef Fish CampCedar Reef Fish Camp just opened a second location in the Twelve Oaks Plaza in Bradenton taking over the space previously occupied by Gio. They have been in Venice for several years. We had a chance to check out the new location recently and were happy to find another great spot for fresh fish and seafood in town.

We started off with Calamari Fries and Oysters Rockefeller followed by the catch of the day which was Red Snapper and Tilapia Florentine. Both dishes were well prepared and couldn’t have been fresher.

The ambiance is casual and service was friendly and attentive. If you’re in the mood for some of south Florida’s freshest catch give them a try.

For the menu and more information visit their website at www.cedarreef.com.

 

 

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The Blue Marlin Grill in Bradenton Beach

By | June 1, 2013

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We recently attended the Food and Wine on Pine event on Anna Maria Island. Many of the local restaurants were there serving some of their specialty dishes. Our favorite from that day was the Shrimp & Grits from the Blue Marlin Grill in Bradenton Beach so this weekend we decided to have dinner there.

 

The Blue Marlin is located in an original 1920’s cottage on historic Bridge Street Blue Marlin Grill Interiorwhere the first bridge to Anna Maria Island was located.  Nautical ship-lamps provide cozy lighting at their beer & wine bar.  The outdoor courtyard, “The Trap Yard”, offers live music on the weekends, and a great covered deck.

Their specialty is serving the fish that is caught each day…on Sunday that was red snapper. They have other items on the menu but you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish. You can choose from several preparations and I can recommend the picata which was a lemon butter sauce with capers. The entree was served with a side of black-eyed peas and rice with steamed fresh vegetables. All of the food was perfectly seasoned and delicious.

Bridge Street is a great spot to visit local shops, walk to the city pier, see the city’s clock tower or play mini-golf just down the street.

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Shore Diner on St Armand’s Circle

By | May 31, 2013

Shore SignAs our evening  unfolded in our casual stroll along St Armands Circle, we decided to grab a quick bite to eat and I came upon Shore Diner at 465 John Ringling Blvd.  As many times as we have visited the Circle, I never noticed this restaurant on the  2nd floor from the sidewalk view .  Intrigued by the outdoor atmosphere, we decided to check the menu first, then settled into the bar area just for drinks and a few appetizers.  What a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace.

Shore DinerThis ultra modern, hip  and  contemporary décor plus cool vibe to this establishment truly captivates you into thinking you could be sitting in South Beach.  As local residents ourselves, for moment we actually felt like we were on vacation.  From their eclectic menu with a multitude of choices,  we ordered the kung pao calamari along with the tuna tartare..both superb and in turn shared a corn & crab chowder that was simply out of this world!  My husband and I decided that this will be our next place to dine for either a lunch or dinner on our next visit to  St Armand’s Circle.  Be sure to give it a try on your next visit to Sarasota.

 

 

 

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Smack Restaurant in Sarasota

By | May 2, 2013

 

Today, at the corner of Osprey Avenue and Main Street, the Sun Trust Bank rises above where once stood Sarasota’s favorite drive-in burger spot; the Smack Restaurant.

Many a teenager cruised through there in their hot rods, businessmen had lunch there, singles met, and families came in for the great prices. Anyone for a giant Smackburger?

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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Sun Garden Cafe on Siesta Key

By | April 24, 2013

Sun Garden Cafe

Sun Garden CafeOff the beaten path on Siesta Key, the Sun Garden Cafe is a casual garden restaurant. The menu features locally grown produce, fish caught in our local waters, farm fresh eggs and artisan foods from around the world.

Sarasota has voted Sun Garden BEST BREAKFAST, BEST LUNCH, BEST OUTDOOR DINING & BEST BACON for 4 years straight! Kick back with banana pancakes or kick it up with a Sun Garden original omelet or savor the delectable treats baked fresh in their bakery everyday. Either way, you’re sure to find paradise…..

Located at 210 Avenida Madera they are open for breakfast & lunch daily – 7 am – 2:30 pm.

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Pinchers Crab Shack in Lakewood Ranch

By | February 8, 2013

Pinchers Crab ShackSince 1997, Pinchers has operated with a simple mission – Local Fishermen fishing local waters for a local restaurant. You can’t get a more Southwest Florida experience than that.

The Phelan family opened their first Pinchers with 12 tables and 6 employees in a tiny space in the center of Bonita Springs. From these humble beginnings, these long-time Floridians have grown their idea to seven restaurants along the Gulf Coast.

Quality is everything to a seafood restaurant, especially ours, and they deliver the best seafood in town to your table each and every visit.

Each morning, local fishermen and crabbers leave our shores and guide their boats out into the Gulf of Mexico. They return each night with the best that the Gulf has to offer and bring this precious catch to their local seafood facility – The Island Crab Company located on Pine Island.

Who knew that this little gem of a restaurant was on Main Street in the heart of Lakewood Ranch? Casual atmosphere, great service, reasonable prices and fantastic seafood! Crab cakes are to die for! This Shack is a keeper!

Contact info:

10707 Rodeo Drive
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202-5061

General Manager: Phil Conway
Phone: 941-922-1515
Email: lakewoodranch@pincherscrabshack.com
Open: 11am – 10pm

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